Show Director Stephanie (Christin Evans), center, has her hands full trying to get Dolly (Audrey Kristen) at left, and Izzy (Sharon Young) to work together as cooking show hosts when all they want to do is zing each other. Dolly says to Izzy, "you look like a million ... every year of it!"
By Max Caylor
“You don’t know nothing about birthing no biscuits” is just one of the many lines which kept the audience laughing Saturday evening as Izzy and Dolly lived out their roles as the kitchen witches in Tater Patch’s latest production.
First time Director Gary Boyles, along with the cast and crew, achieved his goal of giving watchers a painting with live action and entertaining comedy as two middle-aged women struggle with their TV cooking careers and family secrets.
Show Director Stephanie, played by Christin Evans, showed her acting skills as she tried to get two impossible women to work together for their common good. Evans helped the audience feel her frustration managing her never-giving mom Dolly and at the same time encouraging Izzy, portrayed by Sharon Young, to meet in the middle.
Audrey Kristen, playing Dolly, brought humor, drama and personality to her role. She made one smile at her impossible attitude and at the same time be frustrated with her lack of cooperation. Amazingly, Kristen was even more outstanding having only a week to prepare her lines for Dolly due to an emergency with a previous cast member.
Sharon Young played Izzy and her facial expressions communicated her feelings through every scene. One could see the anger, frustration, resentment and surprise with most every line. She extruded confidence and grace as a Southern lady from Macon who was graduated from a Paris cooking school.
Shy Rain played Roberta the camera person with only one spoken line but she never missed cueing the on air sign and looked experienced drinking a shot of Wild Turkey with Dolly.
The costuming was extraordinary as designed by Jan Simpson. The colors and wardrobe style complimented each actress and gave the play dignity as a TV production. The stage looked as if it was at The Food Network designed by Nan Nawrocki and Brad Shallit.
The celebrity judge as selected from the audience was an exciting feature of the play. It was more than audience participation as the “Judge” sat in the middle wearing a plastic raincoat as two chefs were flinging food everywhere.
Carlene Archer composed and recorded “The Kitchen Witches Jingle” which truthfully describes the play. She writes: “With two ladies who mix as well as water and oil … Now here is the twosome who’ll keep you in stitches … It’s Isobel and Dolly … The Kitchen Witches.”
The enjoyable Tater Patch production of Caroline Smith’s The Kitchen Witches will continue on February 22, 23, 24 and March 1, 2, 3. Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. and others at 7:30 p.m. There are first time tickets for $10 and all tickets may be purchased in advance at www.taterpatchplayers.com.